Yesterday, UNICCO workers at
On a related note: I’ve heard educational institutions described as a “soft target,” for any of the following reasons:
- Their “product’s” value relies largely on the kind of prestige susceptible to public pressure.
- If public, they are funded directly by taxpayer dollars, if private, indirectly through grants.
- They are not perceived as profit-seeking enterprises, nor as vital engines for economic growth, so the imperative to reduce labor costs, especially at the expense of service to students, appears unseemly.
- They are expected to operate in an ethical manner and set that same example for students.
Anyway, congratulations to the U-M workers, SEIU, and the students who fought so hard throughout for this precedent-setting win.